Call for pro­tec­tor to probe Zuma claims

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DA LEADER Mmusi Maimane has called for a pub­lic pro­tec­tor in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma had re­ceived a R1 mil­lion salary from Dur­ban busi­ness­man Roy Mood­ley.

Maimane vis­ited the Union Build­ings in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day to view Zuma’s dec­la­ra­tions of in­ter­est dat­ing back to 2009.

“I can today con­firm that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma did not de­clare any salary earned in the 2009-10 fi­nan­cial year in the regis­ter of his fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests. The only men­tion in the regis­ter of Mr Roy Mood­ley was the pres­i­dent’s use of Mr Mood­ley’s Dur­ban beach­front prop­erty in 2016,” Maimane said af­ter view­ing the dec­la­ra­tion.

In Jac­ques Pauw’s book, The Pres­i­dent’s Keep­ers, he claims Zuma was on the pay­roll of a se­cu­rity com­pany, Royal Se­cu­rity, owned by Mood­ley, and was paid R1m a month for a pe­riod af­ter be­com­ing pres­i­dent.

The pres­i­dent is re­quired by the Ex­ec­u­tive Ethics Code to dis­close the par­tic­u­lars of all his fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests once a year. Crim­i­nal charges have been laid against Pauw, ac­cus­ing him of pos­sess­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion.

The Pres­i­dency had is­sued a state­ment say­ing the pres­i­dent had de­clared to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties all in­come re­ceived and “al­le­ga­tions con­tained in the re­ports are mis­lead­ing and clearly part of the on­go­ing smear cam­paigns”.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties have called on Pauw to pro­vide au­thor­i­ties with proof Zuma re- ceived a salary from Mood­ley.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa warned that if no proof was submitted, the mat­ter would fiz­zle out.

“Zuma de­nied be­ing paid by Mood­ley. He (Zuma) should clear him­self by en­cour­ag­ing any­one who has proof of his wrong­do­ing to go and hand it in,” Holomisa said.

The IFP’s Narend Singh said if Pauw or any­body could pro­duce tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence the al­le­ga­tions were true, the party would write to the Speaker and ask that Zuma be held in con­tempt of Par­lia­ment for mis­lead­ing the House.

Cope leader Mo­sioua Lekota said the party sup­ported the DA’s call to gain ac­cess to Royal Se­cu­rity’s em­ploy­ment records for 2009 and a pub­lic pro­tec­tor in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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